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Elephanta Caves Tours

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Elephanta Caves
The Elephanta Caves are among the most beautiful, historically significant attractions in Mumbai. Situated on an island off the coast, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features multiple rock-hewn cave temples and statues dating back to around the 7th century AD, including a celebrated statue of Shiva in his three-faced form.

The Basics
There are two groups of caves at the site: one featuring five caves dedicated to Hindu deities, and a second group with two Buddhist shrines. While there's a lot of debate about the true origins of the caves, there are elements of South Indian Badami Chalukya architecture as well as architectural styles from the Gupta Empire. 

Many city tours come to the island, and going with a guide can help you make sense of the caves, as the signage here isn’t the greatest. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Elephanta Caves are a must-visit for those with an interest in history, art, or religion. 
  • Bring water, sun protection, and comfortable shoes.
  • Beware of naughty monkeys, particularly on the stairs leading up to the attraction.
  • This attraction is not suitable for those with compromised mobility, and accessing it requires climbing lots of steps.

How to Get There
Elephanta Island is located in the Mumbai Harbour, about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) northeast of the Gateway of India monument, from which boats to the attraction depart. Once on the island, travelers can take a miniature train up to a tall, steep set of stairs that lead up to the monument.

When to Get There
The caves are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 5:30pm. It's best to get there first thing in the morning to beat crowds and hot temperatures, but if you come in the evening, try to get on the last boat of the day, when things have quieted down. Note that visiting during monsoon season may make for a choppier boat ride to the island and back.

Monkey Business
You may see lots of monkeys while on the island (and all over India, in general, especially in rural areas). On Elephanta Island, you’re most likely to encounter them on the stairs leading up to the monument, and they can be aggressive and carry disease. Do not feed them, and keep an eye on any possessions you may have, from food to the eyeglasses on your head, as they are known to pickpocket the inattentive. 
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Elephanta Caves Tour including Lunch and TransportAttraction Tickets

Elephanta Caves Tour including Lunch and Transport

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Elephanta caves are one of the most Enigmatic, fascinating and Extraordinary heritage sites in India as these caves are surrounded by water on all sides. The peaceful Elephanta island stands in stark contrast to the hectic and noisy Mumbai City. It is a 60 minutes enjoyable boat journey / Ferry ride from the Gateway of India.
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  • 6 hours
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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including GuideHalf-day Tours

Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

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Rewind to Mumbai’s pre-colonial days on a private half-day tour of the Elephanta Caves. With a private guide, ride a ferry to Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbor, and explore its UNESCO-listed caves and rock art, believed to date from the 500s. Explore the main Shiva Cave with its huge sculptures of Shiva and Hindu mythologies, and admire the smaller Buddhist caves as your guide shares their history. Ferry and entrance tickets at own expense and option to include a family lunch.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves ExcursionBus Tours

Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion

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Explore Mumbai and beyond on a private full-day tour that begins with an excursion to Elephanta Caves—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After touring the rock-carved temple caves, return to Mumbai for a comprehensive city tour that includes the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (Crawford Market), Marine Drive, the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill, the Gandhi Museum, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, and the Prince of Wales Museum. Includes private guide and vehicle, and pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Elephanta Caves Mumbai ExcursionBus Tours

Elephanta Caves Mumbai Excursion

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Meet your fluent English speaking guide at your hotel lobby, then head on towards to Gateway of India, We will take a ferry boat to reach Elephanta island & start the guided tour there. You can customize this private tour according to your requirements.
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From Mumbai: Full Day tour of Elephanta CavesFull-day Tours

From Mumbai: Full Day tour of Elephanta Caves

A guided tour to Elephanta Caves, collection of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Traveling on a cruise to reach this UNESCO world heritage site accompanied by your professional English speaking guide. You would also get a chance to visit Victorian-style architecture, Gateway of India.
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Trip to Elephanta caves from MumbaiBus Tours

Trip to Elephanta caves from Mumbai

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Get Ready to experience one of the amazing tours to Elephanta caves from Mumbai via a ferry ride. • Visit the Elephanta Caves; a UNESCO World Heritage site, accessible from the Gateway of India • Learn about the 7 cave excavations at Elephanta, all carved from solid basalt rock • Discover the temples which honor the Hindu God Shiva and contain many intricate sculptures • A fun journey to the caves, learning about each of their features and the story behind each one • An English speaking guide will be available to help you with your tour
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Elephanta Caves with Village tour.Day Trips

Elephanta Caves with Village tour.

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The Elephanta Caves are located on a small island an hour’s boat ride from Mumbai. Take a guided tour to learn about the history the history of the beautiful caves and how the colossal images were carved into the hard rock. A trip to the Elephanta Caves is a perfect way to escape the bustling city of Mumbai and discover a unique attraction on your trip to India.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Excursion to Elephanta CavesDay Trips

Excursion to Elephanta Caves

Just off the coast of Mumbai is an island home to the UNESCO-listed Elephanta Caves. On this private excursion, board a boat from the Gateway of India to the island and spend the day exploring the 7th-century rock-cave temples. Learn about the history of the island from your tour guide as you admire the many statues of Lord Shiva carved into the hard rock.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Delightful Elephanta Caves Excursion Mumbai (Guided Half Day Sightseeing Tour)

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1. Experience the Elephanta Caves located on Elephanta Island, seven major excavations in the area showcasing huge sculptures of Shiva, Hindu mythologies and Buddhist caves. 2. Take toy train ride and at the plateau admire the complex and astoundingly detailed reliefs and carvings depicting narratives of the goddess Shiva; unique experience for you to remember for life and share with your family and friends. 3. By the end of the tour, you will develop a great perspective of the city, its culture, the life of a local and you will also get some great insider tips and tricks to save money and to explore the best of the city."
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  • 4 hours
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Elephanta Caves TourBus Tours

Elephanta Caves Tour

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The Peripheral culture and heritage of Mumbai yet remain to be unaffected. Being just 34 km away from Gateway of Mumbai lays the hidden beauty of Elephanta Caves. These historic caves have attracted millions of tourist with its worthy while charming right from 7th Century AD. In order to reach here, it is required to take the help of ferry boats. Most fascinating spots that are worth exploring are enchanting caves of Lord Shiva and various sculpted forms of Natrajaya.
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Elephanta Caves Tour from MumbaiBus Tours

Elephanta Caves Tour from Mumbai

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Explore the exquisite art of the Elephanta Caves, located on Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbor. During your guided tour, your guide shares informative commentary about this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has a total of seven caves, including five Hindu caves and two Buddhist caves. Your tour includes a guide, ferry tickets, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off by private car.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Mumbai: Full-Day Elephanta Caves TourFull-day Tours

Mumbai: Full-Day Elephanta Caves Tour

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A guided tour to Elephanta Caves, collection of temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Traveling on a cruise to reach this UNESCO world heritage site accompanied by your professional English speaking guide. You would also get a chance to visit Victorian-style architecture, Gateway of India.
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Elephanta caves day tour Bus Tours

Elephanta caves day tour

The Tour is provided by reliable licenced Drivers & Guides to ensure your safety. It is totally flexible and can be altered as per your requirements.
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Private Shore Excursion MUMBAI Elephanta Caves Tour with WiFi on board Bus Tours

Private Shore Excursion MUMBAI Elephanta Caves Tour with WiFi on board

Learn how over 1000 years ago Hindu craftsmen excavated the caves in the volcanic rock high up on the slopes Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The Elephanta Caves contain rock cut stone sculptures that show syncretism of Hindu and Buddhist ideas and iconography. They were named Elefante – which morphed to Elephanta – by the colonial Portuguese when they found elephant statues on it. They established a base on the island, and its soldiers damaged the sculpture and caves. The island is 2.4 km (1.5 mi) in length with two hills that rise to a height of about 150 m (490 ft). A narrow deep ravine separates the two hills and runs from north to south. On the west, the hill rises gently from the sea and stretches east across the ravine and rises gradually to the extreme east to a height of 173 m (568 ft).
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Elephanta Caves Experience - Shore Excursion from MumbaiHalf-day Tours

Elephanta Caves Experience - Shore Excursion from Mumbai

Take part in this 5 hour tour, exploring the famous Elephanta Caves, a popular tourist attraction when porting in Mumbai and located six miles east of Mumbai. On this tour you will experience the enchanting sculpted caves and your guide will be giving you the cultural history behind this UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a tour you truly cannot miss, so make sure you bring your camera for the beautiful sites this destination has to offer.
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Dabbawala Tour With Elephanta Caves TourCultural Tours

Dabbawala Tour With Elephanta Caves Tour

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The UNESCO–listed Elephanta Caves are widely considered among Mumbai’s must-see attractions, but exploring independently means missing their 7th-century history. On this tour, begin with pickup at your Mumbai hotel and visit the Elephanta Caves with your guide. Learn of powerful deities like Lord Shiva, and decipher panels depicting stages of his life. Along the way, find out how Mumbai’s hard-working dabbawalas keep the city ticking.
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Mumbai Day Tour With Elephanta CavesBus Tours

Mumbai Day Tour With Elephanta Caves

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Marvel at the labyrinth of ancient rock-carved cave temples when you visit the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO world heritage site. Get there without the hassle when you book this package tour with a professional guide. Enjoy seamless transportation to and from Elephanta Island, then spend the afternoon touring Mumbai’s iconic landmarks. This tour Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Half Day Gateway of India and Elephanta Caves TourHalf-day Tours

Half Day Gateway of India and Elephanta Caves Tour

Watch the city come to life during this morning tour of Mumbai that showcases the top attractions and landmarks in the city. Follow your friendly, local guide through the historical sites, including the Gateway of India and the iconic Elephant Caves. Learn about local culture and traditions as you take in the incredible beauty and culture that surrounds you.
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  • 5 hours
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Elephanta Cave & Mumbai Chor Bazaar, the Thieves market tourMarkets

Elephanta Cave & Mumbai Chor Bazaar, the Thieves market tour

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Just a short boat ride away from Mumbai is the UNESCO-listed Elephant Island and its rock temples. Explore the caves that are dedicated to various Hindu gods and date as far back as the 5th century. After your ride back, take a tour of the Chor Bazaar, also known as the Thieves Market, and browse for items at rock bottom prices.
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Elephanta Island Tour in Private VehicleBus Tours

Elephanta Island Tour in Private Vehicle

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Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. They are located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Mahārāshtra. Trimurti is the most renowned sculpture in mandapa of the Great Cave is Trimurti (Trimurthy) – sculpture with three faces of Shiva. It is located on the south wall of mandapa and is 6.1 m high. Trimurti resembles a Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) – royal insignia of Rashtrakutas.
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Elephanta Guided tours including Ferry RideBus Tours

Elephanta Guided tours including Ferry Ride

Informative guided tour of Elephanta Caves Enrich your visit with detailed commentary on the UNESCO-World Heritage Site Travel with your guide from Mumbai port for added convenience Explore smaller, more remote caves as well as the main attractions
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Excursion to Elephanta CavesDay Trips

Excursion to Elephanta Caves

Dating back between the 5th and 8th centuries, the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that represents the diorama of the Hindu and Buddhist culture dilating from the rock cut sculptures. It is safely nestled in an island on the harbor channel of Mumbai. The tour include ferry transfer, English speaking guide service an entrances to monuments.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Experience in Elephanta Caves in MumbaiHalf-day Tours

Experience in Elephanta Caves in Mumbai

Elephanta Cave, is one of the destinations that you must visit while in India, near Mumbai. Although, a number of caves have been destroyed during the Portuguese period and some have been damaged in various ways, Elephant Cave still presents a rich ancient historical heritage to tourists. More and more people are visiting Elephanta Cave to watch the Architectural masterpieces preserved in Elephanta caves. Itinerary: -Pick Up from pick up location (airport/cruise pier/hotel/residence house) -Take a ferry cruise to the Elephanta Caves (~50 min) -Disembark the ferry, walk or mini train (add-on fee) to the foot of the hill at the Elephanta Caves -Exploring the Elephanta Caves (40 min) -Short walk to the top of the Island -Photo opportunities at Cannon Hill -Back to the port to take the ferry and go back to Gateway of India -Enjoy the drive back passing landmarks (Fort, Colaba) -Heading back to the drop off point
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Day trip in Mumbai with Elephanta CavesDay Trips

Day trip in Mumbai with Elephanta Caves

Discover the wonders of Mumbai - some of the city's most popular destinations Including excursion to the intricate rock carved temples of Elephanta Caves and Mumbai city highlights like The Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) formerly Victoria Terminus, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai Market (Crawford Market) earlier named after Arthur Crawford, Marine Drive also known as Queens Necklace, The Hanging Gardens also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, Mani Bhawan Highlighting Gandhi's life, Dhobi Ghat is a well known open air laundromat in Mumbai and Prince of Wales Museum.
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Excursion to Elephanta Caves & City Tour of MumbaiDay Trips

Excursion to Elephanta Caves & City Tour of Mumbai

Full day city tour include visit to Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Hanging Garden, Mani Bhawan & Prince of Wales Museum. Entrances to monuments mentioned in the itinerary and English speaking guide service is well included. We provide pick up and drop off from city hotel. We are further flexible to adjust the guest requirement during the tour if possible.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Elephanta Caves can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 60 Elephanta Caves tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Elephanta Caves costs USD 180.00. Guided Elephanta Caves tours start around USD 180.00 per person. See all 60 Elephanta Caves tickets and tours on Viator.
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